‘Global Economy’ Archive

The Effects of the Panama Canal Expansion on U.S. Ports

The expansion of the Panama Canal is often referred to as a game-changer for global trade. The extent of the impact of Panama Canal expansion will depend largely on how U.S. ports and inland transportation providers invest in improvements to their infrastructure. With 65% of the canal’s tonnage either departing from or arriving to ports […]

Brazil Post World Cup

The World Cup ended on Sunday and despite their loss the early consensus is that Brazil was generally well-regarded as host by the international community. The next big hurdle that awaits Brazil are the Olympic Games in 2016. While Brazil can take a sigh of relief now that one of their major forays onto the […]

FIBRAS, An Attractive Investment Alternative In Mexico?

Following the economy’s slowdown in 2013, when the GDP grew 1.2%, the consensus of analysts estimate that the Mexican business environment will accelerate and GDP will grow close to 2% in 2014; this as a result of increased external demand following the recovery in the U.S., increased government spending with emphasis on infrastructure and a […]

Construction On The Rise: Supply Barely Keeps Up With Demand In The Burgeoning I-81 And I-78 Distribution Corridor

Chances are if you’ve heard of them, they have a presence in the I-81/I-78 Distribution Corridor: Walmart, Lowes, Amazon.com, Nestle, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble – and the list goes on. With access to over 50% of the U.S. population and 60% of Canada’s within a 24-hour truck drive, it’s not surprising that a wide range […]

Retail Temperature Check: Latin America

We took a look at shopping center development in Latin America over the last two years and the findings were a mixed bag. Much of the data in our most recent Latin America Retail Shopping Center Development MarketBeat reflect recent overall economic activity in Latin America. But some surprises came out of C&W’s fist ever […]

Houston: More Than Energy

Southeast Texas, specifically the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land 10-county region, has been one of the most consistently productive and growing metropolitan areas in the country for several years. Since the end of 2011, year-over year (YOY) job growth has remained above 3.0% (often exceeding 4.0%), and ended 2013 with an annual increase of 82,000 jobs. This accounted […]

U.S. Employment Update: February’s Employment Thaw

Today’s employment report was positive in a number of ways. It indicates that the slower growth experienced in December and January was likely an anomaly caused by the unusually severe weather and not indicative of a slowdown in the general economy. For the real estate sector, this report is particularly encouraging and strongly supportive of […]

U.S. Employment Update: January Jumble

U.S. employment growth remained weak in January 2014 as the economy added only 113,000 jobs, the second-smallest increase in the past 18 months. Only December 2013 experienced slower employment growth when just 75,000 jobs were added. This back-to-back weakness follows six months when the average gain was slightly more than 200,000 per month, suggesting that […]

The Lexicon of the European market changes

In a sure sign of a significant improvement in the outlook, the lexicon of the European market place has changed over the past year. We still have “austerity” and “deleveraging” to cope with of course and “bad banks” are also still with us – albeit now more likely to be a specifically designated institution rather […]

Global Economic Update: Improving Sentiment

As we enter the home stretch for 2013, indicators of business and consumer sentiment reflect growing optimism that 2014 will be a better year than 2013 in every region. In Europe, the transition from recession to recovery continues with mixed results depending on the country. In the Asia/Pacific region both Japan and China continue to […]